The Trump Administration recently appointed Dennis Beavers as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency (FSA). Beavers joined the Tennessee FSA team on Monday, Nov. 13.Beavers was born and raised on a beef cattle/hay farm in Athens, Tennessee, where he and his father still raise Angus feeder calves and hay. He is a graduate of Hiwassee College and the University of Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education. Dennis and his wife Kristi have three children. In his free time he likes farming, writing gospel music and spending time with family in the Clear Springs community.

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.
As SED, Beavers will use his leadership experience to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.